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Poster: skybob1 Date: Oct 19, 2007 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: vinyl

Why do I love vinyl? Does it sound better? maybe, probably not. It`s definately less convenient. Some people will tell you it`s warmer but I don`t know.
I think it`s the package as a whole. It`s the act of taking it out of the sleeve, the smell , putting it carefully on the turntable and dropping the needle. Since we've had cds I find I don`t listen to albums properley, I don`t listen to a cd all the way through or I concentrate on something else.
With cds we've lost the art of an album. Artists used to think about sides. Take "After The Goldrush", the minute and a half songs('Till The Morning Comes and Cripple Creek Ferry) are where the are to close each side, so each side is supposed to be taken as a whole. The Dead as well. Remember when Live Dead had two sides?
Now all music is digitized with iPods and all it`s to easy to hit random which is great sometimes but you loose that ritual of choosing an album, spending ten+ minutes looking through your music and deciding what you want to play.
There's also the art. Cd covers are too small. Lp covers (in some cases) were art works in their own right (Sgt Pepper, Sticky fingers etc). Infact I think I discovered the Dead flicking through records in a shop, seeing Wake of the Flood and buying it on the strenght of the cover.
Now that we can digitize vinyl and do all the wonderful things that media players let us do with the songs like playlists and all, I always buy vinyl if it`s available. The great thing is that it usually is, there must be lots more people like me because in the last five years it seems thst every album released can be purchased on vinyl. So now I have the best of both worlds, I can have and hold and love an lp but also convert it into mp3s and have the music on my computer/iPod.
Anyone else a Vinyl junkie?

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Poster: gilamonster58 Date: Oct 19, 2007 3:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: vinyl

And you can't clean your bud on a CD cover, either. And when times were lean, you could almost always scrape up a bong hit from your double albums.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Oct 19, 2007 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: vinyl

Today's superior buds with elevated THC content allow for smaller rollling stations like a CD case, and let's see you cut out a caterpillar size rail of ground yopo seed snuff on cardboard...

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Poster: mr_loophead Date: Oct 22, 2007 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: vinyl

I've got over 10,000 (mostly 12" singles) and there's no way I'd get rid of them. LP covers are by far more attractive and sentimental than CD covers. I must add that you can download albums online and for me there's NO attachment to the physicality and artwork of the album. I miss vinyl but I've still got enough to keep my turntables spinning for years to come! Plus, there are still mass amounts of vinyl still available in used stores - and on a smaller scale than CDs, they are still being produced worldwide.

I recently got a tattoo of a 45 insert on my arm. Most of my coworkers don't even know what it is - gasp!

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Poster: waynecs Date: Oct 19, 2007 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: vinyl

LiveDead had 4 sides FWIW.

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Poster: _+thx+_ Date: Nov 26, 2008 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: vinyl

yes i understand you completely and i think that is a shame that many young people (mostly teenagers but also some of the age of twenty) don't know even what vinyl records actually are... i am a vinyl record collector from the age of 12, now i'm 37 and i'm still digging for some new (or i got to say old?) records every week in my town (Firenze, Italy). i really like psychedelic rock but i also really like listen to an old funk record with all it's clicks and noises. ill'never sellout any of my precious records! recently i've found some good jazz funk records from the seventies: Kudu/CTI label stuff like Idris Muhammad's "Power of soul" and "Boogie to the top", Grover Washington Jr, Bob James' "BJ4" album, and Sun Ra's "Angels and devils at play"... i love that crazy stuff, James Brown, y'know?
regarding the fact that cds don't have two sides: yeah you're right the pause that came from turning the side of a record is necessary for the good comprehension of it as an all. I love the big covers of vinyl records and i admit that sometimes (specially in my youth) i've buyed a record only for the cover.
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Poster: BryanE Date: Oct 19, 2007 9:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: vinyl

Nice post.

Not a vinyl junkie at all, really, but I do agree with the sentiment of what you said. The LP has, essentially, turned into a relic, an artifact of a different time. I do have a record player, a cool little Victrola-looking kind of thing with CD, cassette and radio. I retrieved my old album collection from my brother somewhat recently, such as it is anymore after selling so much of it off when I was broke in college. But I left it with him for years while I was living a lot more transiently that I do now. Buying something to play the old albums on, after having pulled them out of a closet where they had collected dust for a decade or more, seemed essential. So we spent a little money on that thing, operative word being "little," because it was actually priced pretty cheap, perfect for a bunch of old 33-and-a-thirds that weren't in anything even closely resembling mint shape and hadn't been since the Reagan Administration. Or longer. Great after such a long time to be able to throw the oldies but goodies on the spindle and reminisce about my maverick years. Yee-haw!